Bill to Allow Minnesota Mayors to Perform Marriages

Ten other states currently authorize mayors to perform civil marriages.
(Published Mar 3, 2014)

Under a bill approved in the House Civil Law Committee on Friday, mayors of home rule and statutory cities would be permitted to perform civil marriages. The bill, HF 2522, is authored by Rep. John Lesch. The bill currently has no Senate companion.

According to Rep. Lesch, the bill was introduced after a discussion with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Speaking on behalf of the mayor, St. Paul City Attorney Sara Grewing testified that currently, 10 other states empower mayors to perform civil marriages.

In addition to the mayor bill, the committee also approved a bill that would allow notaries public to perform civil marriages.

The two bills were sent directly to the House floor. The League’s policy committees did not anticipate this bill and, as a result, the League has no official position on the bill. However, the authorization for mayors to perform marriages is optional and not mandatory.

If you have comments or questions about the bill, contact Gary Carlson (see information at right).

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